This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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Recover data from HDD

This Monday I wanted to make a boot-able USB-Stick with a Knoppix .iso on Linux. I used the "dd" command to do this. Situation: 1. Laptop with Linux Mint on it 2. HDD mounted to System (.iso File ...
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Make a Custom Linux USB stick

I'm trying to grab a Linux ISO[1] and put it in a usb stick then chroot into it install some stuffs and make it bootable. The USB stick should be persistent, bootable, and use aufs (I don't know ...
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Recovering windows boot files to pendrive

Here's my problem, i recently installed linux mint on my laptop so now i don't have to use it on my gaming pc. However when burn windows image on pendrive and try to boot it i only get a grub recovery ...
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dual boot from two different harddrives, windows and lubuntu not working

I have a computer with two harddrives. I first installed my Windows 8.1 on my ssd taking up the whole drive. Then on my second 2TB I made 3 partitions. 1TB is dedicated to external storage, 500GB is ...
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Antergos installer says I have no /boot partition

When attempting to install Antergos(Arch-based Linux distro) I am told that it cannot install as I have not specified a /boot partition, when I appear to have done just that. I have attached a picture ...
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How to install software to a multi-boot live CD

Okay, so I am creating a multi-boot live cd with various linux distributions including Debian and Mint. Each distribution will be used to focus on diagnosing and/ o repairing a specific issue best ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 has suddenly failed to boot! [closed]

Yesterday evening, I don't know what happened but my system (Ubuntu 13.10) didn't boot. Since then I tried many times but the same issue as I explain below. See I boot my system. GRUB menu comes; I ...
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Can I create a bootable distribution backup

I'm interested in trying out a couple of distributions, but for extended periods of time (so using a LiveCD is not really an option). However, I would like to create a backup of my current ...
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Live Distros: UBCD boot Deft, Caine, and Tails from Custom Menu

I'm building my own UBCD and I'm using dual layer to fit 7.5Gigs Useful resources for UBCD customization: The SYSLINUX Project UBCD Customize Casper Man Page Live Boot Man Page Here's my ...
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Unable to set partition type correctly using parted

I'm trying to create a bootable USB stick with FreeDos for BIOS updates in Centos 6.5, following instructions from: chtaube.de I created the empty 30MB img file using dd: [root@dumbledore ...
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Howto to boot an attached external hard disk (without formating)? (Solution: Repair grub easily)

I have a former internal hard drive, which I now use as external USB drive. I tried to boot from it, but it doesn't work (2 PCs tried, on my: blank screen + blinking cursor). This - I think - is ...
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UEFI - Linux Mint Boot from USB Doesn't work

I'm running Linux Mint (only OS other than in VirtualBox) and wanting to remove it. I've created a Live USB of Windows 8 using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool - Yes, I know it says Windows 7 but I've ...
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Compiling Linux kernel for a router [closed]

I want to make an installable linux kernel that has routing enabled already. So anyone can install it on their machine, do some configuration as required, and machine will work fine for their routing ...
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How to create a bootable Linux installation USB from an ISO in OS X?

I downloaded the ISO for Debian's net installation to a computer running OS X. I want to put the data from the ISO onto a USB, so that I can install Debian on another laptop (not an Apple laptop). ...
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Making a real universal bootable Arch pen drive

I've followed this article, and been able to get a fully working 32-bit installation on a Kingston DataTraveler 8GB pen drive, with a BIOS boot partition, and a home/root ext4 file system without ...
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Problem creating a bootable USB stick

I have tried to make a bootable USB stick on my netbook using Universal USB Installer for Fedora Desktop. But it can't find my pendrive. I thought the problem is my pendrive, so I change it. ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...
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Mounting root filesystem while booting through network

I have two systems, let say one is the server and the other is the client. I want to load kernel image from the server to the client through the network. I used dhcp (isc-dhcp-server) and tftp ...
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Compiling Linux and Creating Bootable ISO Image

I have already compiled Linux kernel 3.12.6 but did not install it into /boot as I did not want my hard disk to have another OS. I have the compiled bzImage and I don't know how to take that and ...
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Transferring Operating System from VM to Physical System

I have Ubuntu 13.04 running in a VM in VirtualBox. Originally, I was just trying it out, but now I've started using it a lot, and I have many of my programs and files in it. Is it possible to transfer ...
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sfdisk failing to write partition to disk [closed]

I am trying make my microSD card bootable to Ubuntu. I am trying to use sfdisk to create the partitions. When I do that this is the error I am getting: Using sfdisk to create partition layout ...
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Make a bootable CD without ISO file but from a CD

I have a Windows XP CD which I want to install on a USB Drive. However my own CD drive is broken. I have a friend's laptop on which Windows 7 is installed (and no idea if it has a CDROM of not). ...
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BIOS don't recognize my bootable USB [duplicate]

I'm currently using Ubuntu 13.04 on my ASUS F201E laptop. I'm trying to install I want to install Linux Mint 13 "Maya" - MATE (32-bit) because it's meant to be more compatible with my hardware. I've ...
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Making a bootable pendrive for custom kernel

I read the tutorials to make a mimalistic custom kernel from here and am able to boot it up as explained in the tutorial over a virtual machine using GRUB as the boot loader. I think it would be more ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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isolinux: Disk error 01, AX=0201, drive 80

I have an old Medion MD 8818 desktop PC with MS-7318 mobo with Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG. I'm attempting to run Zorin OS 7 Core on it, but the PC won't boot my 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Switch USB stick ...
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my usb stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my usb stick didn't get discovered ...
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How do I install Slax to a usb stick?

I want to install Slax on my usb stick, but I just can't get it to work. I tried copying the contents of the .zip file to the usb stick, and I got to some grub rescue thingy. I also tried Unetbootin, ...
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How to install Linux distro to a second hdd from within a running Linux Desktop Environment?

The title says it all! More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection. Is there a possibility to avoid ...
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Debian Linux is not starting because no bootable device was found

I have installed Debian with the Gnome Live CD on my notebook. Because there are still some applications which I need, it was necessary that I also have a Windows 7 system installed. Based on some ...
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Why can't I boot off my Debian update CD?

I downloaded a .iso file with the name debian-update-6.0.4-amd64-DVD-1.iso from http://debian.org and burned it with k3b with default settings, but unfortunately found it won't boot. Did I download ...
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Create a Bootable (UEF GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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Mini ultra light linux boot on a USB key

I don't have linux. I'm on Windows (XP or 7). I'd like to have just a linux USB key only to boot and have the command line to launch some command line programs. How may I simply create that USB key ...
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Configure fstab for a bootable usb

I'm trying to clone a partition and make it a bootable usb. I've made two ext3 partitions (just like the installation I'm cloning). The first one is small and has grub/ and the kernel. The second ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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How to create a bootable USB stick with Debian Squeeze

Using Ubuntu, I want to install Debian Squeeze on my PC with a bootable USB stick. I found this tutorial: Plug the usb key in order to find the device location: $ df -k /dev/sdb ...
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What is the “Bootable flag” option when installing a distro?

Is the "bootable flag" needed in today's distributions? If not, then Why is it still in the installers? What is it exactly?
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How to check on which drives grub2 has actually installed an MBR?

I'm on a Debian/Squeeze system (with a history going back to at least Woody) which was upgraded to grub2 as part of the Squeeze upgrade. All works well, but I'm about to mess with the disk ...
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Cloning a bootable USB stick to a different-sized stick

HARDWARE: 2 8GB USB flash drives DISTRO: Mint 9 Xfce persistent Live Cd One USB flash drive has two partitions: 1) FAT32 700MB Mint 9 partition 2) ext3 7.3GB casper-rw partition GOAL: I want to make ...
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Bootable image with LAN drivers

I'm looking for an image which will boot quickly (I assume it'll be linux) and have LAN drivers- for sending TCP / UDP packets to another system in the same network. Ideally, if possible, I would like ...